2023 Celebration Fundraiser

​Giving Tuesday Celebration Fundraiser

Join us at Martyr’s on November 28, 2023, for a heartwarming evening in support of the Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club’s Giving Tuesday campaign. Two extraordinary Chicago Dueling Piano Artists, Justin Wrzesinski and John Weston, accompanied by drummer by Patrick Benson, will serenade us with their sensational harmonies. Our mission on this monumental Giving Tuesday is clear: to make dreams come true, light up futures, and inspire hope. Together, we aim to exceed our fundraising goal and create a lasting impact on our community.

For 92 years, the Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club has been the heart of Northcenter, serving 15 different Chicago communities. We provide enriching out-of-school programs for K-8th graders, rally in 9 athletic leagues, and nurture young leaders. With 2,500 young members annually, we are a beacon of hope, strength, and dream fulfillment.

Mark your calendars for this musical soirée! Let your heartstrings resonate with the symphony of giving. Tickets are only $20.00, and a 50/50 raffle adds extra excitement. Sing your favorite songs and support this incredible organization.

Join us in creating a brighter future, one note, one donation, one dream at a time. Be there to let your love shine through.

Please join us on Tuesday November 28th, at the Elks Club in Des Plaines for an evening celebrating this wonderful group of people.

Event Details

All Proceeds go to the Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club. All Donations will be matched dollar for dollar between October 28 and November 28, 2023.


Patrick Benson


John Weston

Piano / Keyboard

Justin Wrzesinski

Piano / Keyboard

John Weston

John Weston’s musical journey is a testament to his deep-rooted passion for music. His parents’ love story, beginning with his father accompanying his mother’s French horn recital, set the stage for his own musical odyssey.

From an early age, John’s musical tastes evolved from classical to the dusty grooves of classic rock and pop. He was captivated by the psychedelic sounds of the late ’60s, the soulful Motown melodies, and the high-energy Southern rock beats.

In 2003, John formed his first group, AEquitas, where he honed his skills as a songwriter and singer. Joining The Buzzkills in 2007, he became a driving force in the band’s success, touring across multiple states and gaining recognition as an original music and cover act.

Simultaneously, John nurtured his solo career as John Charles Weston, performing and composing music across the West, Midwest, and South. He now resides in Chicago, IL, balancing his time between songwriting, recording, performing, and music instruction.

In 2010, he co-founded Sklut and Weston with his songwriting partner, Tommy Sklut, achieving recognition in the Chicago original music scene. Together, they established the Sklut and Weston School of Music, providing after-school music programs for Near North Side Chicago students.

Justin Wrzesinski

Justin Wrzesinski is a talented musician whose career has taken him from local stages to the national spotlight. Hailing from Chicago, he’s made his mark as the Primary Keyboard Player for the prestigious Park Avenue Orchestra. Based in the Chicagoland area, he’s proven his versatility as both a solo performer and a valuable member of professional groups.

Justin began his musical journey at the age of 20 and has since graced a wide range of events, from weddings and festivals to special occasions and fundraisers. His musicality extends to his impressive vocal abilities.

With a degree in Music Education from St. Norbert College, Justin also shares his knowledge and passion with the next generation of musicians as a music teacher at Coonley Elementary School. His recent addition to The Park Avenue Orchestra is a testament to his talent and dedication to the craft. Justin’s journey is a testament to the power of music and dedication.